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“Shop with a KAPPA”

shopwithakappamainRIVERSIDE, CA- The Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will hold their first annual “Shop with a KAPPA” event. At the event, designated disadvantaged youth in the community are given $100 and taken Christmas shopping at their local Wal-Mart store.

The launch event and Christmas Celebration is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, at the Wal-Mart Super Center, located at 2663 Canyon Springs Parkway in Riverside (92507).

“Last year as a committee we were able to raise $3,700 for the youth in Las Vegas,” said Rod O’Neal, founder of the “Shop with a Kappa” program, a Guide Right outreach of the Kappa’s Las Vegas Alumni Chapter. “It was such a success that we decided to conduct the event(s) this year with our Riverside Alumni Chapter affiliate,” O’Neal said.

The “Shop with a Kappa” program can be found at www.shopwithakappa.com  and serves as a great tool to reach directly into communities identified by the individual Chapters and touch those in need. Under the Guide Right program, Kappas throughout the Western Province (Anchorage, Seattle, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Riverside) will hold their “Shop with A KAPPA” events throughout the month of December with the youth from the communities in which they serve. It is anticipated that $10,000 in donations will be raised to sponsor 100 children throughout cities in the fraternity’s Western Province.

San Bernardino City Unified Announces New District Police Chief

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SAN BERNARDINO, CA – A veteran police officer recognized for creating a safe environment for students to learn, grow, and succeed has been sworn in as the new chief of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Police Department. Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden officially swore in Joseph Paulino on Tuesday, December 9 during an afternoon ceremony attended by law enforcement leaders from across Southern California. Paulino, who first joined the District as a patrolman in 1997 and worked his way up through the ranks, has held the interim chief position since July 2010.

Paulino’s strong ties in the San Bernardino community, his problem-solving skills, and his passion for making a positive difference in the lives of students made him an ideal candidate, Marsden said.

“Chief Paulino has a strong vision for making hope happen for our students and our community,” Marsden said. “With Chief Paulino in this key leadership position, our District, our schools, and our students will be safer.”

As police chief, Paulino oversees a department of 26 sworn police officers, 55 campus security officers, and more than 10 support staff. The department is responsible for ensuring the safety of the District’s 53,000 students, as well as protecting District property.Chief Paulino01

Among Paulino’s focus will be expanding opportunities for students to have positive interactions with police officers through efforts like the Junior Police Explorers Program, currently in place at King Middle School and Rodriguez PREP Academy.

“Young people are the future of this community,” Paulino said. “It is our duty to ensure that they stay on the right course to a successful and productive future.”

Under Paulino’s leadership, the District formed a Safe Schools Task Force in 2012 to improve school safety. He is a 2007 graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, an elite, four-month training program for the nation’s top law enforcement leaders. While at the FBI Academy, Paulino had an opportunity to study the complex issue of school violence.

San Bernardino Community College District Announces New Board Members

Shown with San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos are the members of the Board of Trustees of the San Bernardino Community College District: (front row) Donna Ferracone; Dr. Donald Singer; Gloria Macías Harrison and Nickolas Zoumbos; (back row) Board President John Longville; Chancellor Bruce Baron; Dr. Kathleen Henry, Board Vice President; and Joseph Williams, Board Clerk.

Shown with San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos are the members of the Board of Trustees of the San Bernardino Community College District: (front row) Donna Ferracone; Dr. Donald Singer; Gloria Macías Harrison and Nickolas Zoumbos; (back row) Board President John Longville; Chancellor Bruce Baron; Dr. Kathleen Henry, Board Vice President; and Joseph Williams, Board Clerk.

SAN BERNARDINO, CA-At their regularly scheduled meeting on December 11, the San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) re-installed Board Members Donna Ferracone and Dr. Donald L. Singer and installed new Board Member Joseph Williams. San Bernardino County Supervisor and former SBCCD Board President James Ramos administered the oath of office. The Board of Trustees members elected trustee John Longville to serve as Board President, and Trustee Dr. Kathleen (Katy) Henry as Vice President and Trustee Joseph Williams as Clerk. The Trustees will serve in those offices for two years.

SBCCD Chancellor Bruce Baron said, “The public elected experienced leaders who bring to the Board a commitment and understanding of the mission of our District that will enhance the District’s ability to serve our two colleges, KVCR, the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division and our community in general. Our Board will continue serve the students and community with dedication.”

The newly elected officers of the Board of Trustees are:

President John Longville was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008, at which time he retired from his adjunct faculty position at San Bernardino Valley College.

He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District (2007-present), and has previously served as a member of the California State Assembly (1998-2004), Mayor of Rialto (1987-1998), and member of the Rialto City Council (1978-1984 & 1986-1987). During his municipal government years, John was particularly active in regional government agencies, serving as President of both San Bernardino Associated Governments (1982-1983) and the Southern California Association of Governments (1992-1993) and as a founding board member of the Southern California Regional Rail Association (Metrolink).

He has been active in a wide array of local civic and charitable organizations since he first moved to San Bernardino County in 1972 to work as press secretary for the late Congressman George Brown.

Vice President Dr. Kathleen (Katy) Henry is a university instructor and a dissertation mentor for doctoral learners. Dr. Henry first started her educational pursuits at the community college level. As a result, she is a strong advocate for meeting student needs and overcoming barriers to their success at this pivotal time in a student’s educational life. She is highly supportive of programs that help veterans, students with special needs, as well as eLearning programs. She earned her B.S. at Southern Illinois University in Workforce Education and Development and recognizes the importance of vocational education programs. She earned her M.A. in Organizational Development and her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute.

Dr. Henry’s community involvement includes: Member Steering Committee for the Women’s Leadership Council of Arrowhead United Way, Chairperson for the Scholarship Committee of the Highland Woman’s Club, member/past Chair of Youth Services and K-Kids at Kiwanis Club of Highland, and she serves as an Ambassador for the Highland Chamber of Commerce.

Clerk Joseph Williams was appointed to fill a Board of Trustees vacancy in 2013 and elected to the Board in November, 2014.

He is the Founder and CEO of the Youth Action Project (YAP) and has served youth and adults of the Inland Empire for the past fourteen years. YAP integrates youth popular culture in its program to engage positive dialogue, decision-making, and actions that will improve educational and workforce outcomes.

Prior to founding YAP, Joseph was employed with the County of San Bernardino for nine years, working for the Department of Behavioral Health, the Workforce Development Department and the Sheriff’s Department.

He currently serves as a member of the California Workforce Investment Board and the California Committee to Employ People with Disabilities, and as the Vice-Chair of the Legislative Committee on the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

Joseph served as the SBCCD Student Trustee when he was a college student, continuing on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration the University of Redlands.

The Board also approved its schedule of meetings for 2015. The meeting dates are posted on the SBCCD website, sbccd.org, and the public is invited to attend open meetings and study sessions.